Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa skipped the annual meetings of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, a rather low-key event as it turned out. Instead, he sent a ministerial delegation led by finance minister Enoch Godongwana to this gathering of the rich and famous. 

However, Ramaphosa did make time to attend a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Uganda. The movement was formed at the height of the Cold War between the US-led Western world order and the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). The club comprised more than 100 African, Asian and Latin American countries, and the central organising idea behind its formation was to not pick a side between the two protagonists in the war. ..

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